Zesco United have said defender Nyambe Mulenga will not be part of their Orange Caf Champions League return leg match against Liga Muculmana in Maputo this Saturday.

The Ndola club on Monday released Mulenga for Zambia duty after pressure from Faz ahead of national teams friendly against Swaziland on Wednesday evening in Manzini.

“Mr Nyambe Mulenga will not be part of the team this weekend in Maputo,” club secretary Justin Mumba said from Maputo on Tuesday.

“Since it looks like a friendly is more important than a qualifier, we will do without him.”

Nyambe has since been replaced by fellow defender Kunda Mushota and the former left for Swaziland this morning with two other players Jimmy Chisenga and Kennedy Mudenda from Red Arrows and Power Dynamos respectively.

Meanwhile, Zesco coach Fighton Simukonda was expected to name his final 18-member team at the end of Tuesday’s final training session in Lusaka before departure for Mozambique tomorrow.

The team has been camped in Lusaka since Monday preparing for the match on a synthetic surface at Independence Stadium.

Zesco currently enjoy a 3-0 lead over Liga Muculmana and need a draw in Maputo to qualify to the first round of the Caf Champions League.

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  1. how many times are we going to be correcting you ba LT for not reporting issues properly. do you fullz know what dumping someone? This guy has been released for national duties and your story contradicts the headline. Please for a millionth time employ professionals.


  2. Ba LT your last paragraph is very incomplete and can be quite misleading. Zesco don’t just need a draw to progress, what happens if Zesco lose by 1-0; 2-0? they qualify still isn’t it? Even if they lost by 3-0, they would still go for penalties. Which they can possibly win. They would only bow out cleanly in the event of a 4-0 bashing. As it is they are already one foot in the next round, unless the Mufulira Wanderers-Simba Sports Club 1978 debacle was to be repeated even if this is already not possible since Zesco are playing away.


  3. I think to me football will only make sense after the FAZ AGM, anything else now haz the stink of the madness at football house, therefore, kindly excuze me.



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